Did you know that in Michigan you’re never more than six miles from an inland lake or more than 85 miles from one of the HOMES, a.k.a. Great Lakes? With more than 11,000 inland lakes, there are so many beautiful bodies of water to explore and enjoy. This must be why Michiganders love summer so much! This weekend marks the first day of National Fishing and Boating Week, which means you could only be less than six miles away from celebrating! Grab your donut-shaped floatie, fishing pole, or even your boat and get outside to enjoy some of the lakes in Southwest Michigan and beyond. Here are some resources and ideas to help you splash into the fun:
- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Boat Launch Locator can help you scout out the perfect place to make some waves. There are over 1,300 public boating access sites to dive into.
- The Michigan DNR has also put together a complete guide to help you find the ultimate fishing location. Whether you’re looking for family-friendly waters, fishing near campgrounds, or want to search by region, you’re going to reel in the perfect spot.
- Have questions about boating, fishing, aquatic plants, fish, algae, or anything else under the sea? The Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership at Michigan State University is swimming with resources, but their FAQ page floats to the top of the list of helpful resources.
- If you can’t get out this weekend, take in the beauty of our state with Pure Michigan’s collection of 10 Inspiring Pictures of Lake Michigan or even see Michigan through a 360° lens. There is no shortage of ways to enjoy the natural beauty of Michigan!
- Grab your beach towel and umbrella and lounge at a local park to watch the boats float by. Woods Lake Park in Kalamazoo, Ramona Park in Portage, and Willard Beach Park in Battle Creek are some fantastic options if you’re looking for an inland beach.